This week, the GB and I had an afternoon at home together. Her brother had gone to work on a project with Grandma at her house, so it was just us girls for a few hours. I had been hoping for a little time at the sewing machine, to sew a couple of summer skirts for her. It was a cloudy, damp day that seemed to warrant staying inside and making something. She said she'd like to help, so we spent the afternoon sewing.
We picked fabrics and thread first. She loves to look through my fabric stash. I think she'd spend all day poring over fabrics if she could (just like me). I gave her a few options and she chose these. (Both main fabrics are discontinued quilting cottons by Robert Kaufman; the blue is Bento Box Sushi Elements and the yellow is Little Kukla Floral Buttons. The gray dotted fabric on the sushi skirt is a calico from Hobby Lobby).
I did most of the sewing, of course, but she helped with pinning and carrying things back and forth between the sewing machine and ironing board. She got bored sometimes, retreating to the couch to read a book. Mostly, she watches. At six, she knows more about sewing than a lot of adults I've met. She's always liked to watch me at the sewing machine. I don't have a designated sewing space, really, so I usually bring my machine out to the kitchen table and work there. She sits in her chair at the table, right next to me, watching me sew, picking up dropped pins and throwing away cut threads.
She loves to watch me wind bobbins. She lines them up in their case in "rainbow order." It's important to her to have them just so. I think she believes I feel the same way about them so she wants to help me. The truth is, I did once care very much about "rainbow order." When I was her age, we had those rubber bracelets that we called Madonna bracelets, and I virtually never put them on without making sure they were perfectly ordered by color, red to purple, with black or silver or clear bracelets after the purple ones. She would adore Madonna bracelets, come to think of it.
After an hour or so, we had two finished skirts. They fit with room to spare (I like to get a year or two out of anything I sew for her to wear). She loves to twirl and these have enough gather to make them swirl out. She took them into her room and put them on the floor, then took shirts and tank tops out of her dresser to "match them up." She had a good ten different outfit options within a few minutes and truthfully, almost all of them looked really nice. She's set for summer, ready to take on the world in the skirts she'll tell you very proudly that she made.
Skirt design is inspired by Punkin Patterns' Easy-Peasy Skirts.